As a board member of Compssion Tanzania, striving to provide clean water and health education for the African people of Tanzania. I have not personally gone to Tanzania with our group to oversee the drilling of wells but it definitely is in my plans for the future. The people in or organization are passionate aboiut this project and each year we strive to drill more and more well for the health of the African people. I am honored to be a part of this Organization and will continue to strive to raise fund for this great project.
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Compassion Tanzania has drilled 11 wells in Northern Tanzania in the past three years. This has brought clean water to the Villages and cuts the mortality rate by 50 % in these villages. The children can go to school and bring clean water home with them instead of hauling dirty water from mudholes, that they share with the animals. This dirty water is the cause of most of the sickness in these villages. None of the money donated to Compassion Tanzania for wells is used for administrative costs. The people that go to Tanzania to oversee the drilling of the wells pay their own airfare and other expenses. There is no place you can get more 'Bang for your Buck" then to donate to Compassion Tanzania.
Compassion Tanzania is a boots-on-the-ground organization that really does the job of getting water to villages in N. Tanzania. As a church, we have, and will continue to donate to this charity, in which almost all of the monies goes into well drilling, placement and the needs of orphans and widows in the communities. Last year, our church was able to provide the funding for the water for an entire village... it turned out that for about $4.00 (the price of a latte) we were able to supply clean drinking water for an indivudual for life!
Compassion Tanzania is very well organized, hands on, and one of the very best locations for donated funding.
I traveled to Tanzania as a donor sponsor of two well with Compasion Tanzania in September 2010. The application and approval process for building the wells results in a functioning water board in each village. Local contacts maintained by Compassion Tanzania help them keep in touch with the local situation and developments. I met the drillers and contractors and witnessed the invoice detail first hand. The money raised to build wells by Compassion Tanania goes directly to the local driller doing the work. This is no in between, and Compassion Tanzania uses all of the money raised to fund the well building.
Compassion Tanzania is an organization with a simple purpose; to save the lives of some of the poorest people on Earth with clean drinking water and basic hygiene and sanitation education. They accomplish this by raising funds here at home, then partnering with the individual villages in Tanzania to see the wells drilled, fenced, maintained, and free for anyone to use along with providing basic education about water borne illness, carried by most of the ground water sources in the area, and easily preventable disease pathways that spread germs and illness among the people and kill many each year. Compassion Tanzania does this work with great integrity to assure that every dollar given and every dollar raised by volunteers goes directly to accomplish this work. No money is spent on administrative fees, or salaries, or travel expenses, or for any other purpose not related to getting clean water out of the ground and teaching people how to maximize the benefits of having a safe water source. I have personally worked with Compassion Tanzania for over two years now both in raising the funds and travelling to Tanzania to see a well drilled and help teach a basic hygiene and sanitation course. They are a wonderful and fun group of people to work with and are absolutely focused on seeing their goals accomplished.
I was taken back when I first heard about Compassion Tanzania and their mission to provide clean water to remote villages in Northern Tanzania. I was shocked Tanzanians are suffering because they don’t have clean water, something I waste every day. The news motivated me to help and serve where I could.
We have been involved with Compassion Tanzania for several years and our little country church here in Central Virginia has been blessed to contribute two deep wells with related equipment to two villages in Tanzania. I have personally known John Henry Cook who heads up this organization for better than 30 years and I can testify to his impeccable character and desire to follow God's will for his life. One young lady from our church went on a mission trip with Compassion Tanzania last September and was extremely impressed with the people there and Compassion Tanzania's tangible help in providing a ready source of clean drinking water to the villages there.
I can hardly think of any other way that so many deserving people can be helped but through the ministry of this well run organization. It is astounding in this day and age that 100% of the money given for wells actually goes to that program without any deduction for administrative or travel expenses. I think it is also noteworthy that the people who may be helped the most are the women and girls who would otherwise be traveling long distances each day for unclean water for their families.